Keeping your garage cooler makes it possible for you to continue to enjoy the little workshop you’ve built and also keeps heat from bleeding into your home. Here are 4 problems with cooling a garage and 4 ways to bring that temperature down.
The Problems with Cooling a Garage
1. Lack Of Insulation. Many garages are not insulated and that big metal door brings heat in and any cool air can escape. A cooling system in a garage that doesn’t have insulation will have to work harder to cool it down.
2. It’s Big. Garages are a big space and that means that some portable air conditioning units may be overwhelmed by the size. You’ll have to find one with more BTUs.
3. It’s Hot. You may want to spend Saturday afternoon working at your workbench in the garage. Unfortunately, that afternoon may coincide with the hottest part of the day when a portable air conditioner can’t keep up. You might want to plan on improving the lighting and using the area after the sun goes down.
4. You Need Ventilation. A portable A/C until needs to vent the hot air out. A window works – if your garage has a window. Otherwise you might have to cut or drill into the wall to vent a portable air conditioner.
4 Cooling Options for Your Garage
1. A Portable A/C or Evaporative Cooler. These units can work if you have some insulation and proper venting. However, it’s going to work best when temperatures are under 90 degrees. Portable “swamp” or evaporative coolers that cool with water may also be an option, but they work best in dry conditions and will face the same challenge of trying to cool down a large space. An evaporative cooler can work like a personal heater in reverse, blowing the cool air into the area where you are working.
2. Window A/C Units. You probably need both a smaller garage and you definitely need a window for this one to work. You probably want to keep the temperature set a bit on the high side so the unit doesn’t work too hard or short cycle (constant on and off) and wear out the compressor.
4. Ceiling And Air Fans. These fans keep you cool – they don’t cool the air. They work by evaporating the moisture on your skin. They’ll help keep you comfortable by keeping the air moving but they’re not going to combat high heat.
5. Add Insulation. If you really want to use your garage and you want cooling that will work, you need to insulate. Start with that big metal door and, then, add insulation to the walls and ceiling. It’s going to help keep you comfortable and increase your options for adding cooling.
If your garage door is old, your first step towards a cooler garage might be to replace it with a new, insulated door. Your licensed garage replacement company can help you find the door that compliments your home and provides the insulation you need. Plus, you can take advantage of all the new features that come with today’s new garage doors and openers like remote control from your smart phone. You’ll be cooler and you’ll have the most up-to-date convenience.